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SM Adam volume 24/268


[29] Design for an ornamental panel, possibly for a drawing room, c1779, possibly executed


Elevation of a panel ornamented with a central roundel depicting a winged griffin, enclosed within a band of beading, and flanked by calyx. This is surmounted by arabesques, a tubular flower, and calyx supporting an urn ornamented with strigilation and a rosette. Above this there is a further tubular flower and a wreath enclosing calyx, and this is surmounted by a draped figure bearing an urn. The central roundel has an apron of festoons suspending rosettes, arabesques and a pendent oil lamp ornamented with gadrooning and an anthemion. Below this, drop calyx suspends figure-of-eight husks enclosing rosettes, and there is a peltoid shield superimposed upon crossed thyrsi with an apron of beading and further rosettes


to a scale


Sir Abraham Hume

Signed and dated

  • c1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Naples yellow, verdigris, pink, violet and cerulean blue on laid paper (162 x 802)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 41
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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